Disabled man claims relative took benefits

Social Security benefits for disabled man

OILDALE, Calif. - An Oildale man, who is permanently disabled, contacted 23 ABC after he learned his mom had been pocketing his Social Security benefits for two years.

 The victim, who did not want to be identified was in a serious accident when he was 14-years-old.

Now he is 20-years-old and is still living with the residual effects of that accident.

 "It was a quad accident; they labeled me permanently disabled. I am blind out of my right eye. I have a titanium plate on the right side of my head. I was a mess. My collar bone went through my lung and fractured my ribs. I will never be the same," said the victim.

 That accident entitled him to receive a monthly disability check of $866 for the rest of his life. The victim said, his mom, who was the payee, told him the money stopped coming when he turned 18-years-old.

 He moved in with his girlfriend last year and said he learned his mom was still getting the money when she stayed with them for a few days. He said he found an active benefit card that she was still using.

 The accident left him with severe headaches and other complications. However, he said,  the enduring pain that his own mother took his money will last a forever.

 "It hurts. It hurts badly. I don't know what to think or how to feel. I can't believe my own mother would do that to me and lied to me," said the victim.

 In January, the victim said he went into the Social Security office to change the payee status. But he said, his mother still received his check the following month. He is concerned because the March check should be issued soon.

 "If Social Security listened to me in January, she never would have gotten my February check," said the victim.

 23 ABC contacted Social Security administration. They could not comment specifically about the case. However, representative said they will investigate to make sure the money would be going to the correct payee.

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